Kimberly H. Councill joined Bucknell’s faculty in August 2012. She  supervises student teachers and teaches courses in K-12 General Music Methods, Music for the Exceptional Child, Introduction to Music Education, Music Appreciation, and Integrating Music into the Elementary Classroom.

Educational Background

  • Ph.D. in Music Education, The Ohio State University
  • M.M. in Music Education, The University of North Carolina - Greensboro
  • B.M.E. The University of North Carolina - Greensboro

Teaching Interests

  • music education

Activities and Other Interests

Prior to teaching at Bucknell, Dr. Councill served as the Coordinator of Music Education at Susquehanna University, an Adjunct Professor of Clarinet at the University of North Carolina at Asheville, a band, choir, and general music teacher in the public schools of North Carolina, and a private and group music lesson instructor at The Ohio State School for the Blind.

Currently, Dr. Councill serves as a volunteer music teacher for the kindergarten students in the Selinsgrove Public Schools, a musical outreach project that enables music education majors to gain “real world” teaching experience early in their college career, and she serves as Director of the Central Oak Heights Middle School Music Camp in Milton, PA. Dr. Councill has also created a “MUSE” (Musical Universe in Special Education), a musical outreach program for special needs children in the Selinsgrove and Mifflinburg Public Schools, and she founded the Central Oak Heights Elementary School Music Camp.

Her research, which has been presented at state, regional and national conferences and published in the Journal of Research in Music Education, International Journal of Music Education, PMEA News, North Carolina Music Educator, and the Florida Music Educator’s Journal, is focused on music teacher recruitment and retention and undergraduate music education curriculum development and design. Dr. Councill's other research work involves inclusion of special learners into the public school music classroom, strategies for successful student teaching experiences, and effective student teaching seminars.

Dr. Councill is active in numerous state and national music education organizations, serves as the Higher Education/SMTE Coordinator and the Chair for the Teacher Training, Recruitment, and Retention Council to the PMEA Executive Board, and has conducted numerous band and choral festivals across the state. She has been awarded numerous awards for teaching excellence and service to students.

Upcoming Presentations

February 2014: Invited Researcher
"Music Teacher Recruitment"
South Carolina Music Education Association, Charleston, SC

Recent Presentations

"There's No Time to Teach Them! Partnerships in Music & Special Education that Benefit EVERYONE!"
National Music Education Conference, Nashville, TN (October 2013)

"In Sync with Inclusion"
National Music Education Conference, Nashville, TN (October 2013)

"There's No Time to Teach Them! Partnerships in Music & Special Education that Benefit EVERYONE!"
Mountain Lake Colloquium, Mountain Lake, VA (May 2013)

Selected Publications

REFEREED PUBLICATIONS

Councill, K.H., Brewer, W.D., Burrack, F., Juchniewicz, J. (accepted). Developing the next generation of music teachers: Sample music education association programs that promote our profession and prepare future colleagues. Music Educators Journal.

Rickels, D.A., Brewer, W.D., Councill, K.H., Fredrickson, W., Hairston, M., Perry, D.L., Porter, A., Schmidt, M. (2013). Career influences of music education audition candidates. Journal of Research in Music Education, 61(1), 115-134.

Rickels, D.A., Councill, K.H., Fredrickson, W., Hairston, M., Porter, A., Schmidt, M. (2010). Influences on career choice in music education audition candidates: Pilot study. Journal of Research in Music Education, 57(4), 292-307.

Henninger, J.C., Flowers, P.J., and Councill, K.H. (2006). The effects of teacher experience on student progress & performance quality of an applied lesson. International Journal of Music Education, 24(1), 71-84.

Councill, K.H., (2005). Student career perception: 6th-11th grade music students' assessment of self-efficacy, social perception, & potential enjoyment for music education & other possible careers. In D.J. Teachout (Ed.), Proceedings from the 2005 Symposium on Music Teacher Education [CD]. Greensboro, NC: UNCG School of Music.

BOOK CHAPTERS

Councill, K.H. (in press). Student career perception: 6th-11th grade music students' assessment of self-efficacy, social perception, & potential enjoymet for music education & other possible careers. In D.J. Teachout (Ed.), Critical issues in music teacher education. Missoula, MT: College Music Society.

NON-REFEREED PUBLICATIONS

Councill, K.H. (2012). Higher Education/SMTE Column: Teacher Evaluation Systems – An Interview with O. David Deitz. PMEA News, 77(2), 62-63.

Councill, K.H. (2012). Higher Education/SMTE Column: Overview of Music Teacher Education Resources in Pennsylvania. PMEA News, 77(1), 32.

Councill, K.H. (2012). Higher Education/SMTE Column: Overview of 2012 NAfME Conference. PMEA News, 76(4), 32.

Councill, K.H. (2012). Higher Education/SMTE Column: Common Readings for Student Teaching Seminar. PMEA News, 76(3), 26.

Councill, K.H. (2011). Higher Education/SMTE Column: Overview of 2011 SMTE Conference. PMEA News, 76(2), 66.

Councill, K.H. (2011). Higher Education/SMTE Column: Update. PMEA News, 75(4), 32-33.

Councill, K.H. (2011). Higher Education/SMTE Column: An Interview with Norene Ferris. PMEA News, 75(3), 32-33.

Councill, K.H. (2010). Higher Education/SMTE Column: An Interview with PDE's Jamie Kaspar. PMEA News, 75(2), 28-29.

Councill, K.H. (2010). Higher Education/SMTE Column: Introduction and Overview. PMEA News, 75(1), 67.

Schmidt, M., Councill, K.H., Hairston, M., and Porter, A. (2008). Is the next generation of music teachers in your classroom? Florida Music Director, 61(11), 12-14.
REPRINTED * PMEA News, Volume 73(I), Winter 2008, 76-79.
REPRINTED * The North Carolina Music Educator, Volume 59(3), Winter 2009, 56-57.

Councill, K.H. (2004). Becoming a researcher: Making your contributions to the literature. A summary of the 2004 Ohio Music Education Association research forum presented by Dr. Patricia J. Flowers. Contributions to Music Education, 31(2), 73-75.

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